Employee Representatives in Portugal. How are They Perceived and What are the Expectations by Employers?

TitleEmployee Representatives in Portugal. How are They Perceived and What are the Expectations by Employers?
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPassos, Ana M., and Russo, Vanessa
EditorEuwema, Martin, Munduate, Lourdes, Elgoibar, Patricia, Pender, Erica, and García, Ana Belén
Book TitlePromoting Social Dialogue in European Organizations
Pagination135 - 145
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
CityNew York
Keywordsconflict, dialogue, industrial relations, negotiation, Portugal, trade unions, trust
Abstract

In recent years, economic austerity policies in Portugal have had significant implications for the labor market and industrial relations in general. This new reality questions the traditional role of trade unions and poses important challenges not only to Unions and Employee Representatives but also to HR managers. Results from interviews and surveys among Portuguese HR managers suggest that there is still a long way to go towards a constructive social dialogue. Employee representatives and employers are still opponents at the negotiation table and the impact of employee representatives in decision-making processes—both for traditional and for innovative issues—is still very low. According to HR managers, this situation can only be improved with a significant change of ERs’ attitudes and competencies. They need to accept change, be willing to innovate, improve their knowledge and competencies, and adopt proactive behaviors that promote organizational sustainability. This is a time to strengthen relations between employee representatives and employers to find innovative and flexible solutions that meet the needs of employees and employers.

URLhttp://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-08605-7_10